Bars We Love: Have some witty conversation at Banter!

Banter brooklyn

132 Havemeyer Street (at South 1st Street)
(718) 599-5200

What it is: A beautiful, Irish-owned soccer bar that looks more like the classy pubs Bourdain went to in that Dublin episode of The Layover.

Why we love it: Because the place was so obviously built with love, a love that’s expressed to its patrons through ridiculous drink specials, like the $4 20.oz Bitburgers on Thurdays, or the $4 Guinness deal all Tuesday night (just to nametwo). Every soccer match played is shown live, along with a host of other sports and movies. Twenty beers on tap as well as bottles from around the world, so that no matter which national team you go for, you can feel like you’re drinking at home.

Who to bring: The bar is surprisingly cozy when an important match isn’t on, and it has a bunch of nooks and crannies that would be perfect for a beer-and-whiskey loving date. Other than that, bring your footie-obsessed cohorts to cheer on the lads, or your brainy friends for Trivia Mondays.

What to order: Can never go wrong with a Guinness and Macallan 12 yr (and for the love of Peat, one ice cube only!). Or be clever and order the Hitachino Classic Ale with a Yamazaki whiskey. Whatever your preference, gear up for that sort of havoc with some currywurst, a savory pie, or a portabello mushroom Panini.

Fun Fact: The bar hosts late night FIFA Tuesdays from 7pm to 11pm. So if you’re just bumping off from behind the bar or stove, come in, grab a beer, and get behind the PS3 controller, son!